Joanne Banks is a Research Officer working in education research at the Social Research Division of the ESRI. She holds a B.A in Geography and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin and an M.A and PhD from University College Dublin. Her research focuses mainly on special educational needs (SEN), disability and inclusive education. She has published widely in the area of special educational needs (SEN) prevalence and identification, SEN financing and resource allocation and social and academic engagement for children with SEN. Since starting at the ESRI another major focus of her work has been on educational inequality. She has published work on a wide range of topics including student transitions from school, the role of guidance in student decision-making and the impact of high stakes testing on teaching, learning and student wellbeing. Her work has been published in Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, Child Indicators Research, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Journal of Youth Studies, International Journal of Inclusive Education, European Journal of Special Needs Education and Irish Educational Studies.